Boston - A Brockton man was sentenced today in federal court for illegally possessing a sawed-off shotgun and selling cocaine.
Hector Acevedo (a/k/a Hector Garcia a/k/a Cuba), 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro to 20 years in prison, to be followed by six years of supervised release. Acevedo was convicted by a trial jury of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm and ammunition, of illegally possessing a sawed-off shotgun and of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine on December 8, 2011.
Evidence presented during trial proved that detectives from the Brockton Police Department executed a search warrant in June 2006 at Acevedo’s apartment at 202 Summer Street in Brockton. Acevedo was found in bed with an unregistered sawed-off shotgun. A bag containing approximately 52 grams of cocaine that Acevedo had hidden in a stereo speaker in the bedroom was also recovered.
At today’s sentencing, prosecutors emphasized that Acevedo, while awaiting trial, had engaged in numerous disciplinary incidents at the Wyatt Detention Facility and elsewhere. According to prosecutors, Acevedo had attacked and threatened correctional officers, stabbed another detainee, was found in possession of various homemade weapons, and had been caught planning escapes. Prosecutors also described Acevedo’s prior criminal record, which included several prior convictions for violent offenses.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Division; Timothy J. Cruz, Plymouth County District Attorney and Acting Chief Emmanuel Gomes of the Brockton Police Department made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys James E. Arnold and David J. D’Addio of Ortiz’s Drug Task Force Unit.
The case was referred for federal prosecution by Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz’s Office under the auspices of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative which makes prosecution of firearms cases a top priority. The Project Safe Neighborhood’s Initiative provides a comprehensive, strategic approach to reducing gun violence in America. Since 2002, when the U.S. Attorney’s Office implemented the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, 11 cities across the state, including Brockton, have joined in the program.